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Brazilians Can Now Buy an "iPhone" Loaded With Android

Zorque Re:Would have been great in 2010! (263 comments)

Brazil can be a pretty impoverished place, you can still find third-party SNES and Genesis clones kicking around pretty commonly (in fact, I believe they're still in heavy production). There are probably nicer Android devices available, but it's likely that most people can't afford something that would reliably run ICS or above.

about 2 years ago
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Leave Your Cellphone At Home, Says Jacob Appelbaum

Zorque I've got a better idea (306 comments)

How about I stop pretending I'm important in any way, take my cellphone with my like a normal person, and live a life free of fear and paranoia?

more than 2 years ago
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Only English Final Fantasy 2 NES Cartridge On Sale for $50K

Zorque Re:50k is not the selling price (109 comments)

There's a possibility of making more money at a pawn shop. Most big auction houses take fees of at least 30%, which of course is only worthwhile if you can get more out of the auction than the item is really worth. At a pawn shop you can often talk them into giving you 75%+ of the item's worth.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Valve Wants To Port Games To Linux: Because Windows 8 Is a Catastrophe

Zorque Re:Who? (880 comments)

He doesn't really need any more publicity, if you're any sort of PC gamer you'd be among the minority not knowing who he is. He's only the founder of one of the more prolific PC game devs of all time, in addition to him having created the platform that revolutionized digital distribution and made it a viable market to enter into.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Taking Heat For Five-Figure Xbox 360 'Patch Fee'

Zorque Phil Fish complaining about something? (323 comments)

Gosh, that guy never whines about anything and everything that he possibly can to anybody who'll listen.

more than 2 years ago
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Twitter Clampdown Could Impede Anonymous Tweets

Zorque Re:"useful for protest in repressive regimes" (93 comments)

I wonder what a good way to organize one of those street revolutions would be in this modern age. It would preferably be online, and of course it would have to allow anonymity. Maybe a service which allows people to subscribe to and receive updates from others. Perhaps it could even be updated via SMS! Somebody ought to create a service like that.

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Tool Shows Where Forest Is Being Cut Down

Zorque Re:Typical, politically-biased title (70 comments)

Uh... do you really believe that the rate of reforestation is significant compared to deforestation? On top of that, what's political about saying "the forest is being cut down" when that's an objective truth and something we all should be concerned about?

Let me guess, you're one of those people who has a coronary every time the words "climate change" are used.

more than 2 years ago
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What Should We Do About Wikipedia's Porn Problem?

Zorque Re:Just art and medical content (544 comments)

That's definitely not the case. Among stuff like shock images being uploaded by vandals, the WikiMedia commons has a growing problem of people taking pictures of their genitals for use on pages having anything to do with sexuality (or not!). I'd argue that an encyclopedia doesn't need any graphic videos of people ejaculating but that doesn't stop exhibitionists from adding them all the time.

more than 2 years ago
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How Hackers Listened Their Way Around Google's Recaptcha

Zorque I'd like to find out how to break it too (101 comments)

Google's captchas are the worst I've ever seen. They're almost always unreadable and need to be refreshed all the time. I like Recaptcha (which isn't what Google uses on their sites despite owning it), they're generally pretty clear and in addition provide a free service to anyone that wants to use it. I have no clue why Google sticks with their awful in-house captchas for Gmail, Youtube, etc.

more than 2 years ago
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Cost of Pre-Screening All YouTube Content: US$37 Billion

Zorque Re:Not to mention pre-screeing would effectively k (345 comments)

Really? Google has voluntarily put plenty of preventative measures in place in an attempt to keep copyrighted content off the site. I don't think their business model consists of a venture that costs them more in legal fees than any IP-infringing video could bring in. The "You" in their name should tip you off to their real business model, user-generated content, which is why they reward popular channels with a share of the ad revenue.

more than 2 years ago
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Israel Passes Photoshop Law To Combat Anorexia

Zorque Re:Israel != USA (488 comments)

I don't see every post on American politics turn into a big discussion among Europeans about whether or not they approve.

You lucky bastard.

more than 2 years ago
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Why You Don't Want a $99 Xbox 360

Zorque Re:Warranty? (530 comments)

Is that something that still happens? I've never owned one so I'm admittedly not an expert on the subject but I was under the impression the various hardware refreshes had all but eradicated issues with the console dying early.

more than 2 years ago
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Pirate Bay, IsoHunt Blocked In India

Zorque Re:Its not as bad as it seems (123 comments)

Time Warner actually does own an ISP, I'm a little surprised they haven't been more proactive in filtering media they own.

more than 2 years ago
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NY Times: 'FBI Foils Its Own Terrorist Plots'

Zorque Re:enhanced interrogation techniques (573 comments)

Yeah, torture (your stupid euphemisms don't change what it actually is) doesn't actually work. As has been explained to your ilk ad nauseam, people will tell their torturers what they want to hear in order to end the torture, even if it's entirely untrue.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon To Pay Texas Sales Tax

Zorque Re:Argh. (274 comments)

You sound as though you think the lower classes don't pay taxes. It's not that they're not paying their share (they are), they're not making their share especially considering the difficult and manual nature of many low-paying jobs. Sales tax forces even the homeless to pay as much for their goods as the richest among us and it's shameful.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon To Pay Texas Sales Tax

Zorque Re:Argh. (274 comments)

I really only put "luxury" in quotes to mean items that aren't absolutely essential, I still don't think there should be any but I imagine abolishing it entirely is going to be a hard battle and the first step will be removing it from items like food and medication (it's disgusting to me that even prescriptions aren't exempt from sales tax in most US jurisdictions).

Income tax is the way to go in my mind, too.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon To Pay Texas Sales Tax

Zorque Re:Argh. (274 comments)

Well, sure. I didn't mean they should break the law, just that the law should be changed.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon To Pay Texas Sales Tax

Zorque Re:Argh. (274 comments)

Haha, I should have elaborated that we should eliminate sales tax entirely, but if we must have it then it should be restricted to things that aren't absolute essentials. I agree with you on that front.

more than 2 years ago

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